Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
I have had this on my tbr for an age and I still don’t know why I hadn’t read this sooner. I loved it!
Tana found herself in the middle of a bloodbath and escapes with 2 unlikely companions. Aiden, her ex, who has been bitten by a vamp but not yet transformed and Gavriel, an actual vamp.
She needs to get them to Coldtown, a cornered off piece of the city where vamps can run free. Plus she decides to go in herself with a token of escape.
Gavriel is everything I want in a vamp. A bit crazy, tortured and lovely to look at! I loved him!
‘They’d taken every other piece of him. He would hold on to revenge. It would be his fairy story, his lullaby, sung softly by flayed lips. Off-key and deranged.’
I actually liked Aiden (the ex) and also another secondary character, Jameson. Tana was so strong, you couldn’t help but like her even though she played with death a lot! Another thing I loved was the portrayal of the vamps in this world. The same but different!
I liked the ending, it was a sort of promise of what I want it to become and I’d love to see more stories set in this world.